COMPLETED Eastern Pacific Ocean tropical tuna - purse seine (TUNACONS)

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What is a Completed FIP?
Completed FIPs are those that have independent verification that they have achieved their environmental objectives and/or graduated to MSC full assessment or other program assessment. Completed FIPs no longer report on their environmental performance but may choose to voluntarily report on their social performance.

Date of Completion: Oct 2020
Explanation of Completion: This FIP entered MSC full assessment.
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 Ecuadorian fishing firms created TUNACONS in July 2016 as a joint effort to promote a Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for purse-seine tuna fisheries. This effort will build a process to achieve Marine Stewardship Council Standard (MSC) certification. Meeting the MSC Standard is widely accepted in global markets with the acknowledgement that a certified fishery’s products come from a sustainable production model.

TUNACONS involves 45 Purse Seine vessels, that represent 17% of the fleet operating in the area. The FIP is managed by the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) together with WWF Ecuador and with the support of the Ecuadorian Ministry of aquaculture and fishing, INP National Fishery Institute and EPESPO Fishery School of the EPO




    FIP Description 

     Ecuadorian fishing firms created TUNACONS in July 2016 as a joint effort

    FIP Objective(s) 

    By 2020, this FIP aims to:

    • Develop sustainable fish stocks guidelines during our certification process​​​​​​
    • Achieve an effective management for the fishery
    • Minimize environmental impacts from our vessels
    • Achieve MSC certification


      FIP Type 
      FIP Stage 
      Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
      Start and Projected End Dates
      July 2016
      October 2020
      In October 2019 we started the contract with SCS global to carry out the full Evaluation. MSC has modified its procedures and a preliminary evaluation must be made before the full assessment. Currently all the documents to be evaluated have been sent and the report is about to be published, after that, the FIP is uploaded to the official MSC website. We have to change the End Date Due to de delays related to COVID 19 the public report of SCSglobal will be public at MSC website late September.
      Common Name 
      Yellowfin Tuna
      Scientific Name
      Thunnus albacares
      Common Name 
      Bigeye Tuna
      Scientific Name
      Thunnus obesus
      Common Name 
      Skipjack Tuna
      Scientific Name
      Katsuwonus pelamis
      Gear Type 
      Purse Seine
      Purse Seine-Unassociated
      FAO Major Fishing Area
      Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
      Area 81 (Pacific, Southwest)
      Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
      Exclusive Economic Zones
      Marshall Islands (the)
      United States of America (the)
      Country Flag of Vessel 
      Country Flag of Vessel 
      Country Flag of Vessel 
      United States of America (the)
      Country Flag of Vessel 
      Regional Fisheries Management Organization
      Estimated Total FIP Landings 
      113,568 metric tons
      Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
      615,000 metric tons
      Landings Date 
      December 2017

      FIP at a Glance

      32% 68%
      July 01, 2016
      7% 43% 50%
      Progress Rating

      A - Advanced Progress
      Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

      B - Good Progress
      A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

      C - Some Recent Progress
      A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

      D - Some Past Progress
      A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

      E - Negligible Progress
      A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

      The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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      Actions Complete

      This pie chart represents completed environmental actions. Non-completed environmental actions may contain completed sub-tasks that are not illustrated here. For more information on environmental action progress visit the Actions Progress tab.

      • Complete
      • Incomplete
      Target End Date
      Oct 2020

      FIP Leads

      Organization Name 
      TUNACONS - Tuna Conservation Group
      Organization Type 
      Primary Contact 
      Ing. Guillermo Morán V.
      FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.